Today's Support blog post will have you Personalizing Emails with Custom Fields
Adding a personal touch to your email is easy when you're using Contact Details. By using contact details you add a special touch to your newsletter that will help connect you with your contacts.
Constant Contact makes this very easy. All it takes is just a few clicks. For assistance with this, Jaime McCall will walk you through the process in the post. If you already know how to add contact details and custom fields to your email, Jaime offers some great suggestions on how to best utilize them.
For the full post, check out - Personalizing Emails with Custom Fields
What creative ways have you personalized your email? Let us know by posting here in the Community or in the Comments section of the blog post.
I'd like to add a field to my email copy that pulls in the company associated with each contact. Is this possible within Constant Contact? If so, can someone direct me to these step-by-step instructions?
This can be done in the new wizard and is very simple to do, check out the following instructions:
You can use the contact details that you added manually or collected by way of your visitor signup box or a survey's Collect Personal Information question to personalize your mailings. When you add a contact detail or custom field to a standard email template, the contact detail gets merged into the email when it is sent. As a result, you can send a single email to a list of contacts and the email will appear to have been written for, and sent separately to, each contact. For example, you might include the town and state or, a business could use a custom detail to note hobbies or recent purchases and then include that information in an upcoming mailing.
Note: The character limit for the contact detail is 50 characters.
To add a contact detail from within an email:
Thank you Mike for your response. I assume these instructions are true for within a Constant Contact template?
We generally use custom templates, but I was wondering if there was a way to do it within the advanced editing/coding feature?
Those instructions are true, for new wizard emails.
There is a way to use custom code and pull in custom fields, however you would have to use a XHTML template which in itself has its own challenges.
When you use an XHTML custom template, you will also need to make sure you have the correct link tracking per hyperlink.
Your open tracking tags to record opens and then code your custom fields correctly.
If you have any other questions let us know.
Hi - just looking through the API it seems as though we can only send an email campaign using 'generic email content' - which is fine for the message of the campaign but we want to personalise the email with the actual name of the recipient? Are we misunderstanding something or is that correct?
Appreciate any advice.
When you add a greeting to your email (Where it says, "Dear Contacts First Name), the contact's name will automatically populate when they receive the email, if you have that information in Constant Contact. To add a greeting to your email, follow these steps:
I hope this helps,
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